Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe

A delicious apple cupcake topped with caramel buttercream frosting. This caramel apple cupcakes recipe is a perfect Fall cupcake idea.

Delicious Caramel Apple Cupcakes. These apple cupcakes are topped with Caramel Frosting and drizzled with caramel. YUM!

I got to thinking about Fall time the other day and of course, apple recipes came to mind. Instantly, my mind went to apple caramel cupcakes.

I have never worked with fruit in my cupcakes before. I have used different flavored extracts but not the real fruit. Maybe that is why I wanted to make them so bad – a new challenge.

Delicious Caramel Apple Cupcakes. These apple cupcakes are topped with Caramel Frosting and drizzled with caramel. YUM!

The first thing I did before making these cupcakes, I went and bought an apple peeler. I had never used one and I just didn’t feel like peeling apples.

Tip: The apple peeler will come in handy when peeling potatoes – Score!

The caramel buttercream frosting is the same frosting that I used on my Snickers Cupcakes It is really simple to make.

Delicious Caramel Apple Cupcakes. These apple cupcakes are topped with Caramel Frosting and drizzled with caramel. YUM!

Drizzling caramel over the top just makes them so irresistible.

TIP: When putting your cupcakes into your lined cupcake tin, use an ice cream scoop with a trigger. It makes filling SO easy.

Delicious Caramel Apple Cupcakes. These apple cupcakes are topped with Caramel Frosting and drizzled with caramel. YUM!

The cupcakes do seem a little bit muffin-like but they are very good. A must-try in my book and I am so glad I tried making them.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe

Delicious Caramel Apples Cupcakes. These apple cupcakes are topped with Caramel Frosting and drizzled with caramel.
Print Recipe
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:40 mins

Ingredients

Apple Cupcakes

  • cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup PLUS 2 tablespoons buttermilk room temperature
  • cups shredded Gala apples about 2 medium apples, peeled and cored

Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping like what you would buy for ice cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar sifted

Instructions

Apple Cupcakes

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter with a mixer until it is soft and creamy
  • Add the sugar to the butter and beat until mixed.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until completely mixed together.
  • Add about half the flour mix and blend on low speed.
  • Add in the buttermilk and mix on low speed.
  • Add the remaining flour mixture and mix on low speed until mostly combined.
  • Fold in the shredded apples (and any juice) into the batter.
  • Divide the batter between 12 cupcake cups.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in the center and it comes out clean.
  • Allow the cupcakes to fully cool before adding frosting.

Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  • Cream the butter, caramel topping, and salt in your stand mixer.
  • Add the powdered sugar. Mix until you have the desired consistency
  • Place the frosting into a piping bag with your favorite tip. Pipe onto the cupcakes once they are cooled.

Notes

optional: Drizzle caramel over the top of the cupcakes.

Nutrition

Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 636IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Calories: 474kcal
Author: Midwestern Moms

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2 Comments

  1. If this is what fall tastes like, BRING. IT. ON. These look stinking amazing- light and fluffy and full of flavor! Yum!!

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